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Puzzle ID:#30706
Fun:*** (2.97)
Difficulty:** (2.04)
Submitted By:cdrockAus*****!
Corrected By:Winner4600




Diagramless is a special form of crossword puzzle. It is the same, just you have no idea where the black squares are, you have to use the answers to the clues and the numbers of them to figure that out.

Can you figure this diagramless out?

It is just a small, 4x4 grid, and there are two black squares.

Across Clues:

1. Water Sport
5. Best Grade
6. __ top of; above
7. Place of relaxation
9. Water Level

Down Clues:

1. Opposite of future
2. Oxygen
3. Fill by putting on
4. Opposite of off
8. 3.14
10. Vowel between C and H

(the hint tells you where the two black squares are located)

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May 27, 2006

a little error in the answer, there are two column 3s and no column 4. otherwise i think its great fun.
Jun 02, 2006

fun, easy, I LOVE IT!!!
Nov 12, 2006

thats rather easy for a 2.3 difficulty rating. (last when i checked)
Nov 10, 2007

except 3.14 is pi not e
e is 2.718
Nov 10, 2007

It looked correct to me! Good teaser - very cleverly done!

Nov 10, 2007

Good job, pretty easy. Didn't need all the clues, but everything works, so 5 across for effort.
Nov 10, 2007

I didn't understand it, so will take everyone's word that it was easy. I do have to say it wasn't one of my favorites.
Nov 10, 2007

Don't get it either. I do these in the paper, but this one didn't make sense. You said a 4x4 grid- so to me that would mean a 4 space by 4 space equaling 16 spaces square having 4 rows & 4 columns. How are there clues for more than 4 rows & 4 columns?
Nov 10, 2007

I have to agree with 2huskies. I drew a 4x4 diagram to solve it, but it seemed like there where too many clues until I saw the answer. I guess it's just been too long since I've actually seen a crossword puzzle
Nov 10, 2007

Tricky one I think some columns had more than 1 answer per line. It works Though I had to write it down.
Nov 10, 2007

That was awesome! Pity it couldn't be harder.
Nov 10, 2007

I'm sorry-I'm clueless about crosswords. Woulda been fun otherwise.
Nov 10, 2007

Well that was different! Great job on the teaser!
Nov 10, 2007

i just answered the clues... didnt even try to put them in a crossword puzzle form... too much work for me... got all the answers rite though
Nov 10, 2007

That was a blast. I didn't need the hints. They just fell into place. That was so fun. More please.....

Nov 12, 2007

Polo is not a water sport - water polo is. A different kind of puzzle, though; I liked it.
Nov 21, 2007

Crossword puzzles do not give clues (or put numbers in spots) for 1-letter "words", so your clues and numbering system are a little misleading. Also, a true crossword/diagramless would have a symmetrical formation of black squares rather than the haphazard formation you've got. But it's fun anyway - thanks.
Dec 24, 2007

I disagree with some of the negative comments here.I don't know about other places but In Britain crosswords don't necessarily have symmetrical patterns so the 'haphazard' blanks are allowed. Also some of the more difficult newspaper crosswords do have 2 or even single letter words. So I think some of the criticism is a bit pedantic, from people who I suspect maybe had a little difficulty solving it...

Great teaser, really gets your brain working. More like this please!
Nov 10, 2010

Properly constructed crosswords - not the ones you find in trashy magazines - generally do not use words of fewer than three letters and have a symmetrical pattern.

(SOS, I challenge you to name one quality British newspaper that does not have crosswords like this!)

In a small teaser such as this, I thought it perfectly acceptable to have non-symmetrical black squares and clues for the 2-letter words. However, there was no need for clues to the single letters and the puzzle would have been equally (maybe more) challenging without them.
Nov 10, 2010

Good one You just have to write it down, then the rest is easy Maybe you should show us where the 1st spot is or something, but I enjoyed it
Nov 10, 2010

Great puzzle!
I enjoyed it!!
Nov 10, 2010

Thanks for the puzzle, I enjoyed it!
Nov 10, 2010

Nov 10, 2010

Too small to be any kind of a challenge. Fun, but too easy.
Nov 10, 2010

I like this one. I think I'll add it to my favorites.
Nov 10, 2010

eclectric, when I go on trip I fill my trunk by loading it with suitcases and bags.

I thought the hint was good--helped me get started and then I got it right away.
Nov 25, 2010

I don't understand any of the negative comments. FIRST, it is true that 3.14 is not e, but the correct answer (Pi) is in the second column, if you write it down. SECOND, who says good crosswords consist of words of 3 letters or more? I open up the newspaper, and I see clues like, "Roman Numerals for 6" or something like that. FINALLY, while it is nice for a crossword to be symmetrical, it is not a requirement for good crosswords. Personally, I liked the teaser, and I'm adding it to my favorites.
Nov 10, 2013

I think I'll just enjoy the comments, this time!
Nov 10, 2013

It's not the best crossword, but that's because it's on Braingle. It would be kind of difficult to put a large crossword puzzle on here, forcing the solver to get out a pen and paper and draw a grid and everything. So I think the author did a good job of making a small puzzle that can be done in one's head. Good work!
Nov 10, 2013

However, I agree with can "load" mean "to fill by putting on"?
Nov 10, 2013

To load a truck you put stuff on it. That's what I got from that clue. It was cute and easy because it was so tiny.
Nov 10, 2013

I suppose yes, that works when you think of a truck...but in that case a different connotation of the word "on" is used than is typical... Usually "on" means "on top of" but in the case of an enclosed truck, on means "inside of." Most ways that you load something, you are putting something inside of something else. I think there are many better clues that could have been used for load... such as "Weight that is carried" or "Fill with cargo."
Aug 23, 2016

Thanks for the miniature diagramless. Very refreshing

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